Parish Of Birth
St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth Co Kildare, Ireland
Details Of Ordination
St. Patrick’s College Chapel, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Passage West PP : 1824 – 20/3/1847
Glanmire CC – 1824
Fr. Thomas R. England was brother of Fr. John England, who later became first Bishop of Charleston, USA.
Writing in 1822, Fr. Thomas England regretted the appointment of Bishop John Butler to Cork in 1763. “The dignity of his birth and the influence of some very powerful friends led to his appointment,” England wrote. [Butler was among the last of the Irish bishops to be nominated by the Stuarts (James III)]
England was a loyal supporter of Bishop Francis Moylan. Following the ’98 rising, England wrote that Moylan was “one of the most remarkable men of his times”.
He is listed at the 3 June 1818 diocesan synod as Chaplain, City Gaol.
Fr. England was one of the lecturers at St. Mary’s College which was founded by Bishop Francis Moylan and which closed in 1821 (+John Murphy).
He is listed as one of the first members of the Cork Society for Promoting the Fine Arts.
Thomas England was Parish Priest of Passage West between 1824 and 1847. (He died during Black ’47.) He was known for a “social disposition” and one of his curates entered the following on the sick call slate of the parish: “England expects every man to do HIS duty!”
For years he was chaplain to convicts collected on Spike Island and prison ships in Cork harbour destined for Van Dieman’s Land. It is said that he did more than anyone else for these prisoners.
[Compiled from notes of Sr. Angela Bolster by Fr. Tom Hayes. (June 29, 2004)]
Date Of Death
Place Of Death
Passage West, Co. Cork
Place Of Burial
St. Mary’s Church Grounds, Passage West, Co. Cork.